New DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurant Opens in Lake City
New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and the new DQ Bakes!™ menu.
June 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // Lake City, Fla. – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Lake City DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 2984 W. U.S. Highway 90. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,400 restaurants worldwide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft-serve treats.
The 1,800 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant can seat 48 guests inside, 24 outside, and also offers a convenient drive-thru window. The Lake City DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has added more than 50 new jobs, contributing to Lake City’s employment growth. The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales which, according to the National Restaurant Association, are projected to increase by 4.5 percent this year.
“We are excited to open our first DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Lake City and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of cravable food items, signature and innovative treats, our new DQ Bakes!™ menu, and Orange Julius® Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius® Original drinks,” said restaurant operator Kalpen Patel.
The menu at the Lake City DQ Grill & Chill restaurant features a range of food options for fans, including the DQ® system’s value meal, $5 Buck Lunch, which is available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at this location. Fans have a choice of two Crispy Chicken Wraps, a Bacon Cheeseburger or 3-piece Chicken Strip Lunch, which are all served with fries, a beverage and choice of a sundae. For just $1 more, fans also will have the option to upgrade their small sundae to a small Blizzard® Treat.
The Lake City DQ Grill & Chill restaurant also serves the new DQ Bakes! menu, which includes nine hot-from-the-oven and made-to-order items that will surprise and delight fans, such as Hot Desserts à la Mode, Artisan-Style Sandwiches and Snack Melts.
Desserts à la Mode are: Triple Chocolate Brownie: A warm, chewy, rich chocolate brownie topped with Cocoa Fudge and choco chunks, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve; Apple Tart: A flaky dessert crust topped with apples, oatmeal crumble, and drizzled with caramel, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve; and Fudge Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie: A warm, decadent chocolate chip cookie with a gooey fudge center, served hot from the oven with cold, creamy DQ vanilla soft serve and Cocoa Fudge.
The Artisan-Style Sandwiches served hot and made to order are: Chicken Bacon Ranch: Seasoned grilled chicken, Swiss cheese and hickory smoked bacon, topped with creamy ranch, thick-cut tomato and crisp chopped lettuce served hot from the oven on an artisan-style ciabatta roll; Chicken Mozzarella: Signature crispy chicken strips, mozzarella cheese and rich marinara sauce, served hot from the oven on an artisan-style basil cheese focaccia roll; and Turkey BLT: Deli-style turkey, Swiss cheese and hickory smoked bacon topped with mayo, thick cut tomato and crisp chopped lettuce served hot from the oven on an artisan-style ciabatta roll.
Snack Melts, hot, snack-sized wraps that are toasted to perfection, are: Buffalo Chicken: Filled with grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and melted cheddar cheese; Chicken Bacon BBQ: Filled with grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, bacon and melted cheddar cheese; and Chicken Quesadilla: Filled with grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, black olives and melted cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
Fans will find all of their favorite treats and beverages, such as the iconic Blizzard Treats, DQ Cakes, a wide variety of other soft-serve items and the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages. All Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies and Julius Original drinks are available in eight flavors including Orange, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Tripleberry®, Mango Pineapple, Berry Pomegranate, OrangeBerry and Piña Colada. The Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies are fresh-blended to order with real fruit and low-fat yogurt.
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Lake City DQ Grill & Chill restaurant at a glance:
Address: 2984 W. U.S. Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055
Employees: 50 plus on a continuous basis
Square Footage: 1,800 square feet
Number of Seats: 72
Hours of Operation: The new restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily:
- Sunday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Friday through Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,400 Dairy Queen® stores in the United States, Canada and 25 other countries. ADQ is part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. For more information, visit DairyQueen.com.
SOURCE American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ)